In honor of its truly gargantuan size, the paleontologists gave the new beast a suitably awe-inspiring name: Dreadnoughtus schrani. Dreadnoughtus means “fears nothing” in Latin, which is apt for a creature that weighed 65 tons – 15 tons more than a Boeing 737.
The completeness of the skeleton allowed the team to draw conclusions about the dinosaur’s size and weight. It also allowed them to estimate its age when it died some 77 million years ago. There is, however, another interesting twist in this creature’s tale.